Aaryan M. 2024 | BASIS Independent Fremont
- Project Title: Transportation Planning for Safer and More Efficient Intersections
- Basis Independent Advisor: Ms. Ilona Covert
- Internship Location: Contra Costa County Public Works
- Onsite Mentor: Mr. Monish Sen
As the US population surges and will continue to do so far into the future, there has been an increasing strain on our predominantly car-centric transportation system, resulting in roads clogged with traffic, negatively impacting the economy and the environment. Many cities have incentivized the construction of higher-density housing, creating destinations closer to home. And with almost 55% of daily car trips already less than 3 miles, it necessitates robust active transportation systems (cycling, walking, etc), which can help decrease unhealthy car dependence. My project intends to find ways in which traffic light signaling can be improved to better deal with congestion and create intersection designs that can encourage active transportation by prioritizing safety and efficiency to shift to more human-oriented cities. The final product will entail a simulation of the Fremont & Mowry Intersection with new signaling techniques, a design report for safe active transportation use, and a cost report for construction costs.